Written by Williams ABAH

What to eat and do when pregnant

Health experts said observing some health do’s and don’ts during pregnancy ensures the health of mother and the baby.

Dr Victor Ohenhen, a Consultant Gynecologist and Obstetrician, has said a healthy baby and mother are the outcome of the nine-month ‘journey’ when there is proper health behaviour and adequate diet.

Victor disclosed this in Abuja at a health briefing with journalists. He advised women to eat nutritious and healthy food during pregnancy.

He added that Simple things mean a whole lot during pregnancy stressing that during Pregnancy, a woman is expected to increases the water intake due to a drop in plasma volume that occurs in pregnancy.

According to him, Water helps to prevent constipation, hemorrhoids and urinary tract infections, adding that it is recommended for a pregnant woman to take at least 8 cups of water daily.

He also said that fruit and vegetables are important for pregnant women. He however, said that it cannot be over emphasized, noting that fruits like avocados are an excellent source of vitamin C, E and K.

The health expert further stated that the fruits are also rich in fibers. According to him, Spinach and Oranges are rich in folic acid, an important nutrient that helps to prevent neural tube defects during the early phase of pregnancy.

In his words "legumes – Legumes are a superb store of protein, iron, folate and calcium. Examples of legumes are beans, soybeans and groundnuts.

Sweet potato – They are rich in beta-carotene that is converted to Vitamin A which is important for a healthy diet.

Eggs are the ideal health food because they contain a little bit of almost all nutrients. They are a great addition to your meals during pregnancy" he added.

He explains that meat with Moderate amounts of beef, pork and chicken are excellent sources of high quality protein to pregnant woman.

Victor also said that exercise and any physical activity that suits body tolerability is helpful when pregnant.

The medical expert also advised that women should not drink alcohol during pregnancy noting that it is harmful habit that has well documented effects on the developing child.

 

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